Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, the "Rock Burglar" gets prison time, a terrorist hoax earns one man a stint in jail, another man is found guilty in a meth-fueled ambulance theft, and more:
The outcomes are now known for charges against three of six family members accused of harming 10-year-old Ame Deal, who was murdered in Phoenix almost two years ago.Ame's father, David Deal, pleaded guilty this morning to attempted child abuse and possession of marijuana, while the girl's aunt previ ... More >>
Alan Champagne, the man Phoenix police believe is responsible for the deaths of two people found in a homemade coffin in a backyard earlier this month, pleaded not guilty this morning to murder charges.Champagne, 42, has an extensive record of murder-related crimes, allegedly. Champagne, who was alr ... More >>
The murder trial of Joseluis Marquez started today, as the 22-year-old faces charges of first-degree murder and robbery the 2010 death of 21-year-old Arizona State University student Kyleigh Sousa.Sousa, 21, was dragged by a car in an attempted robbery of her purse in an IHOP parking lot just south ... More >>
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A story we wrote a few years ago about a Bullhead City couple accused of killing their newborn baby during what's described by authorities as a "brutal" sexual attack has been getting a lot of attention as of late -- and we have no idea why.Regardless, we figured we'd provide an update on the cas ... More >>
James Ray is scheduled to be sentenced today after being found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide.Oprah-approved "self-help" guru James Arthur Ray will be sentenced today after a jury found him responsible for the deaths of three people during a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona.Ray ... More >>
We thought we'd be reporting here on the sentencing of a Phoenix woman who plea bargained to a reduced charge of "custodial interference" in the curious case of a young girl snatched from her East Valley home back in 2007. We hope that little Raven Laws is doing okay these days.Bren ... More >>
A former Tempe cop accused of stealing evidence from the agency's evidence room -- including a refrigerator -- has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.Initially, former Tempe Officer Elliot Campbell was booked on two counts of theft of a credit card, 10 counts of tampering with evidence, and ... More >>
Prison escapee John McCluskey and his fiancee/cousin, Casslyn WelchPrison escapee John McCluskey's Arizona trial is going on right now, and he better behave -- if not, he'll be electrocuted.The judge overseeing McCluskey's case found it appropriate to hook the alleged two-time murderer up to a st ... More >>
John McCluskey and his fiancee/cousin, Casslyn Welch.John McCluskey, one of three inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison last summer -- and then went on a multi-state tour of mayhem -- goes to trial tomorrow in Arizona for escaping from prison and assaulting two men when he hijacked the ... More >>
An eight-person jury will start its deliberations today in a difficult case involving a suicidal Phoenix woman and a national right-to-die organization.Will the jury be able to unanimously decide this one?Superior Court Judge Paul McMurdie is presiding at the manslaughter trial of co-defendants L ... More >>
Jared Lee Loughner was indicted on three counts of attempted murder by a federal grand jury.A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday against Jared Lee Loughner for the attempted murders of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aids,Ron Barber and Pamela Simon."Today, the Gr ... More >>
www.jcsrlaw.net Defense Attorney Judy Clarke has defended a laundry list of high-profile clients accused of capital crimesWhat type of legal defense will Jared Loughner's legal team mount? How do you defend a suspect who carries out a violent crime as publicly as the one Loughner alle ... More >>
Former MCSO detention officer Kevin Gerster.The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced today that Kevin Gerster, the former Maricopa County detention officer seen on security video punching two restrained inmates, has been charged with several crimes for his alleged misdoings while a member ... More >>
It's no secret -- not really -- that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a son who is seriously mentally ill. During her years in the state legislature and as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, she mentioned it often in passing, and earned a reputation as a big-hearted advoc ... More >>
Image: Phoenix.govKeith King will soon be joining his wife in prison for his role in a major theft of luggage from Sky Harbor airport Keith King, the less-than-better half of a marriage built on stolen luggage, pleaded guilty today to a raft of charges that should put keep him away from the a ... More >>
Defrocked priest Dale FushekThe Maricopa County Attorney's Office finally got a conviction in the case of defrocked Catholic Monsignor Dale Fushek, but the former second-in-command of the Phoenix Diocese won't see any jail time.Fushek, founder of one of America's largest programs for C ... More >>
James Ray looking not so "spiritual" in his booking photo"Spiritual warrior" James Arthur Ray, who was indicted on three manslaughter charges yesterday, pleaded not guilty to each charge this morning in Yavapai County Superior Court.Ray's attorney entered the not guilty plea on Ray's behalf ... More >>
Supervisor Don Stapley, one of two Maricopa County supes under criminal indictment, has hired a new defense attorney to defend him against the latest set of charges he faces from County Attorney Andrew Thomas. His name is Kurt Altman (pictured), and he earned his stripe ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is giving Colin Campbell, Mary Rose Wilcox's attorney, until 5 p.m. today to voluntarily talk to a deputy about issues related to a supposed criminal conspiracy among county leaders. Image: Ray Stern Colin CampbellCampbell, former presiding judge of th ... More >>
A Maricopa County jury convicted Donnie Delahanty today of murdering veteran Phoenix police officer David Uribe in the first degree. Delahanty faces a minimum sentence of life without parole when the jury recovenes to consider his punishment. The 22-year-old California native also could be sent ... More >>
Jarrett Maupin II pleaded guilty today to a felony count of making a false statement to a federal law enforcement agent. Prosecutors are recommending probation for the former candidate for Phoenix mayor; his sentencing is scheduled for late July. U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell has the fina ... More >>
That was fast. Two days ago, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas fired off a Hail Mary to the Court of Appeals, complaining that superior court judges are biased against him and asking the higher court to intervene. Today a three-justice appellate panel dismissed Thomas' petition ... More >>
Sports nutritionist Doug Grant was convicted of manslaughter in the bathtub-drowning death of his wife, Faylene, by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury a few minutes ago. The so-called Mormon murder case (Doug and Faylene Grant, pictured, were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day S ... More >>
The possibility that Faylene died accidently or committed suicide seems every bit as likely as her husband murdered her.
Pursing his lips and hanging on defense attorney Ken Everett's every utterance, County Attorney Andrew "Candy" Thomas did not look as if he was relishing his role as witness Friday morning in the court of Judge Roland Steinle. At one point, the dapper, dour Thomas even directed Deputy County Attorne ... More >>
Abortion doctor Brian Finkel will remain in prison for at least 20 more years, after a recent appellate court loss
Monsignor Dale Fushek faces 10 misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct with boys and young men
From death row to mom's enchiladas-- a free man.
The state's mistake means a convicted killer goes free - at least for now
Testifying on his own behalf may prove Dr. Brian Finkel's undoing
Investors are finding that terminally ill patients don't make the best investments
As the case of a snatched Mormon girl from Salt Lake City unfolds, polygamists along the Arizona-Utah border face legal scrutiny
Fiduciary pleads guilty to stealing money from clients
Jury finds another bounty hunter guilty in 1997 double-murder case
Scott Falater, a mild-mannered Mormon family man, inexplicably stabbed his wife 44 times, then drowned her in the family pool while a neighbor watched. His defense? He was sleepwalking.
The sting targeted stores selling over-the-counter medicines that could be cooked into meth. But the cops warned major retailers to stop the sales while throwing the book at mom-and-pop shops, most of which are owned by Arab immigrants.
Ex-prosecutor cleared in quirky grand jury secrecy case
Nineteen months after she was allegedly attacked in her Scottsdale home, Kim Boyden faces her accused assailant in court
FEDERAL MARSHALS MANHANDLED TWO MEMEBERS OF AN INDUSTRIOUS PHOENIX FAMILY. DARLENE AND JERRY SPAN HAVE BEEN ROUGHED UP BY THE COURT SYSTEM EVER SINCE.